These Photographs were uploaded by Eden Abergil, an ex-Israeli solders and she tagged it as “IDF – the best time of my life,” the photos depicted Abergil smiling next to Palestinian prisoners with their hands bound and their eyes covered.
A comment attached to one of the photos of the soldier smiling
in front of two blindfold men and
posted by one of Abergil’s friends read “That looks really sexy for you,” with Abergil’s response reading: “I wonder if he is on Facebook too – I’ll have to tag
him in the photo.”
The palestinians in the picture are not Hamas members but ordinary palestinians who were caught attempting to cross border. They are handcuffed and blindfolded awaiting questioning.
This is the daily lives of Palestine and this most stop. With every act of violence, terror and genocide perpetrated against the Palestinians people, Israel loses legitimacy in the international community and legitimacy to exist.
“This is not very different to what was exposed at Abu Ghraib in Iraq,” said Mustafa Barghouti, secretary general of the Palestinian National Initiative.“It is not an individual act, or a personal act or a lack of judgment, but a part of the constant racist behaviour that is implanted in the Israeli army and a whole philosophy of discrimination against Arabs and Palestinians. The most important characteristic of this treatment is humiliation.”
Breaking the Silence, an Israeli group of army veterans that documents the experiences of soldiers serving in the occupied West Bank, released more photographs to demonstrate that the practice is widespread.
The group said its preliminary batch of graphic pictures, some featuring Israeli soldiers posing next to dead bodies, was collated over the last decade and that a few of the images were from the Facebook pages of active soldiers. It asked the Israeli army to “clarify that this is a widespread phenomenon, not an unusual incident by one soldier”.
Yehuda Shaul, one of the group’s founders, said: “This is commonplace. Don’t you take pictures of your everyday life? For these soldiers serving in the occupied territories, this is what they see 24/7 – handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinians.”
Shaul described the photographs of Israeli soldiers standing next to what appear to be dead Palestinian men as “victory souvenirs”. “Being in a place where you cannot see Palestinians as human beings is the default when you are serving in the occupied Palestinian territories.”
Khalida Jarar, a Palestinian politician and director of Addameer, the Palestinian prisoner support and human rights association, said: “There are many more violations and abuses of Palestinians, without photographs. The soldiers take these pictures to show that they can do anything they want to Palestinians.”
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